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Cultural exchange, connections: UTSA International Education Week, Nov. 11-15

paddy fields in Vietnam
Taj Mahal

From last year's IEW photography competition:
Top photo: "Paddy Fields, South Saigon, Vietnam, October 2007," Steve Stewart, systems analyst, Office of Information Technology
Bottom photo: "Across from the Taj Mahal, India, 2010," Curtis Carter, M.B.A. candidate with concentration in real estate finance

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(Nov. 7, 2013) -- Organizers across the three UTSA campuses have planned a week of events celebrating our international connections. The events will run Nov. 11-15 as part of a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education International Education Week.

"International connections have value -- they allow us to see the world from a variety of cultural perspectives," says Julius Gribou, UTSA executive vice provost and senior international officer. "UTSA is growing its international presence. We have collaborations with universities around the world, globally recognized researchers and students who study abroad, and those who come to UTSA to study from other countries."

International Education Week was first held in 2000 and today is celebrated in more than 100 countries.

"We at UTSA join more than 100 countries around the globe to celebrate international education with students, faculty and the San Antonio community," said Dennis Lopez, director of the College of Business Office of International Programs. "International Education Week shows how an international experience can prepare students for the global world."

International Education Week gives domestic students an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

This year's schedule includes the Celebrate International! cultural festival from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the University Center Paseo. The event will feature student booths, international food, cultural dances and songs, and other activities, according to Ann Margaret Trujillo, associate director of the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.

The winning photographers of UTSA's International Photography Contest will be announced at 3 p.m. Monday. The top student, faculty and staff images will be displayed in Gallery 23 in the University Center. The photos will remain on display until Jan. 24, says Trey Payne, Gallery 23 curator. As was the case in previous years, there will be an impressive display of photos.

International Education Week (IEW) begins at 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 with a Gallery 23 reception and presentation of awards to the top photographers. View the full schedule of events for the week.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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